A riveting science lesson for us all: how mercury damages brain neurons.
Mercury is a heavy metal and a known neurotoxin. The introduction of mercury into the human body wreaks all kinds of havoc with our immune systems and brain functions, destroying existing brain neurons and severely compromising the ability to form new ones, a trait intrinsic to all sentient life forms from the highest level intelligence Nobel prize-winning molecular biologist to the bottom brain-functioning slow and lowly snail. Mercury (or so-called silver) amalgams in teeth are a primary source of mercury toxicity and poisoning in this country, as dentists still routinely use them, particularly in less than affluent patients who cannot afford more expensive, non-mercury fillings. Getting a flu shot at the drugstore - the delivery system chosen by nearly one out of five people vaccinated in this country - is another means by which to pump mercury in the form of thimerosal directly into your system. Flu vaccines are also loaded with aluminum adjuvants which trick the body into an accelerated immune response rather than allowing it to calibrate its own rate of protection against invading microbes. Mounting evidence points to aluminum as a prime culprit in the rising incidence of Alzheimer's in this country; it and other heavy metals like mercury and lead are known to be harmful, even lethal, to humans when ingested or absorbed intravenously, transdermally or through the air. (I personally do not use CFLs, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, for this very reason: each bulb is a little heavy metal bomb that when shattered, will release mercury vapors into the air, making it extremely dangerous to so much as enter a room where one has been broken for at least twenty-four hours until the vapors dissipate or settle. I don't use commercial antiperspirants anymore either because most of them contain aluminum; check the labels if you don't believe me. They also carry all sorts of warnings about kidney disease, skin rashes, and poisoning. That's right, there's such a thing as antiperspirant poisoning.) What you definitely shouldn't believe are the drug companies' claims that vaccines are now mercury-free: that is a deliberate obfuscation of the truth, invented only after public outcry forced the manufacturers to at least pretend they had changed their evil ways. If you want a vaccine without thimerosal, you have to specifically ask for it in a single dose vial usually reserved for pregnant women and infants, who are at far greater risk for neuronal damage from mercury than healthy adults. Most doctors will not give the single-dose mercury-free flu shot to patients unless specifically requested to do so - and forget about asking your local pharmacist to give you the mercury-free dose instead of the toxic one if you get the shot at one of those walk-in clinics that drugstore chains such as CVS and Walgreen's (and now even supermarket chains with pharmacies inside the store like Albertson's, Publix, and Walmart SuperCenters) host several times a year. THAT ain't gonna happen.
From the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola, one of the leading alternative health practitioners in the country and a passionate advocate for taking control of our own health as opposed to handing that control over to the government, Big Pharma, and doctors who may be well-intentioned but are still bound by the directives and guidance issued to them from conventional medical sources whose primary object is to make money off of the illnesses of patients, not to heal them:
A typical dose of thimerosal-containing flu vaccine contains 25 micrograms thimerosal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the safe limit for human exposure to mercury is 0.1 mcg per kilo of weight per day.
Since almost half of the thimerosal is mercury, this means that each flu shot contains just over 12 mcg's of mercury, which would be considered unsafe for anyone weighing less than 120 kilos, or just under 265 pounds. [Boldface type mine.]
There's really no debate about whether or not mercury is a neurotoxin. It's a well-established fact that it is. It's also well understood that mercury is particularly damaging to young, developing brains, and this is one of the core concerns about vaccines. If it's unsafe to breathe or ingest mercury, why would it suddenly become harmless when injected directly into your body, bypassing all of your body's natural detoxification pathways? If anything, the damage is likely to be far more profound!
What clued me in about vaccines and how useless they are was getting a pneumonia shot at a CVS or some similar establishment in 1998, the first one I'd ever had, and feeling the familiar fire in my left lung a few weeks later anyway. I'd been subject to three or four bouts of the infection per year since 1994, and each agonizing episode seemed to take more out of me physically than the one before. I was worried about my overall health and confused about why I would wind up so sick every three or four months; each round of pneumonia would knock me off my feet for a minimum of a week until the antibiotic kicked in and the excruciating, stabbing pain in my lung would go away so I could breathe without exhausting, panting effort. After I got the vaccine and wound up getting pneumonia anyway, I became intensely curious as to why this happened and started to do a lot of research into how vaccines are supposed to work. What I've learned in the intervening decade and a half goes against much of the conventional wisdom about vaccines being "safe" and "effective." They are neither; literally all of them come with a host of dangerous side effects from the additives and adjuvants mixed in with the anti-virus, and as far as efficacy goes, allowing your body to develop its own immune response to invading pathogens fosters a much more effective natural lifetime immunity than the kind triggered by chemical trickery whose protective properties will diminish over time, leaving the vaccinated person at even greater risk for illness as an adult when the immune system is far less capable of mounting the full-throttle response that keeps us healthy while we're young.
Consider the humble chickenpox, a fairly standard childhood illness - at least it used to be. Parents would keep their kids home from school when they got infected, the illness would run its course in a week or two, and the children would go back to school and in most cases, be fine. Nowadays there's a chickenpox vaccine, so kids routinely get the shot, which often results in a temporary and mildly debilitating inflammatory response (fever, lethargy) and doesn't always protect against the virus. So children get the vaccine to protect them from the pox, which means they never develop a natural immunity to the varicella zoster virus that causes it - and then later on in their adult lives they are still at risk for infection from the virus and can wind up developing shingles, an incredibly painful and hard-to-treat condition that's like having chickenpox lesions inside your body instead of on the outside. Adult shingles doesn't go away or get better, either; it gets worse and more painful as the sufferer ages.
Now consider H1N1, the notorious "swine flu" epidemic of 2009 that never materialized but on which our government spent billions (on the vaccine itself as well as on the propaganda campaign promoting its use) trying to frighten us into believing we should all Get Vaccinated Now! against the inevitable and scientifically vouched-for arrival of the coming worldwide pandemic. Why, there was nothing to be done, no protection to be found except by being vaccinated! In October 2009, President Obama declared H1N1 a "national emergency." Of course, this was after all those billion$ had been paid out to acquire millions of doses of the vaccine that later proved to be completely unnecessary. What else would he do - admit that the swine flu scare wasn't a legitimate health crisis but exactly that, a scare, a concerted program of intimidation designed to manipulate and terrify Americans into believing we were at unavoidable risk from severe complications of the flu, including death, if we all didn't just complacently line up to be injected with an outrageously overstocked supply of swine flu vaccine?
And please don't get me started on another completely bogus vaccine, Gardasil. You can go to previous posts I've written for this blog to get a more comprehensive picture of how dangerous and useless that particular drug actually is. And now that parents are beginning to wise up and say, "I'm not sure I want my child to get a shot that may not do what it purports to do, and that will put her or him at risk for a number of dangerous and life-threatening responses such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, seizures, and syncope," the government and the medical overlords are waging a full scale assault against this type of anti-newspeak thinking: witness the recent CDC/NIH recommendations that Gardasil should now be given to young boys as well as girls to combat a (falsely?) reported uptic in the numbers of cases of head and neck cancers allegedly caused by engaging in oral sex. ("Syncope" means "fainting"; and if you don't think fainting after receiving the shot is dangerous, go the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, http://vaers.hhs.gov/index, to get a more complete picture of the damage that can result when young girls faint, then fall and hit their heads, resulting in brain injury and neurological disorders. Not to mention which, if you faint while you're driving or walking across the street after you've gotten the shot, this can also result in injury and death, and not just for the vaccinated person.) To make matters worse, one of the most influential people in the country entrusted with making national policy decisions concerning the inoculation of children against otherwise mild illnesses such as flu, Dr. Kimberly Quinlan Lindsey, deputy director for the Laboratory Science Policy and Practice Program Office of the Centers For Disease Control, was recently arrested and charged with multiple counts of child molestation and bestiality. If she is guilty as charged, what does this say about her professional decision-making capabilities or her personal philosophy about keeping children safe?
Vaccines are largely a twentieth century innovation that may have done some good for some people at some point in time, but our understanding of how the human body works and how vaccines actually prevent it from working the way it's supposed to has changed drastically during the twenty-first. Medical advances are wonderful when they save lives and restore health, but when they are remnants of an antiquated paradigm designed more for profit than for patient protection, it's up to us, the patients, the people, to decide what path we want to take to protect our health and that of our children. "Herd immunity" doesn't come from inoculating every member of the group with a poison that hurts more than it helps; it comes from a mass belief in the myth that vaccines are always and unarguably a good thing, and that people who choose not to get them are endangering the rest of the tribe through selfishness and stupidity. "Herd immunity" is actually inoculation against common sense and a growing body of evidence that identifies vaccines as more harmful than helpful. I lost my immunity a long time ago, and now I'm shouting to the rooftops about how the best protection against illness or an invading pathogen is NOT some vaccine, but a healthful lifestyle that includes plenty of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, sound nutrition, good rest, and lots of love and happiness. Avoid sugar and excesses of just about anything, get a good night's sleep as often as possible, and you won't need a vaccine to avoid getting the flu or genital warts or cancer. Old wives' advice? Maybe so. But those old wives survived for thousands of years without vaccines, and many of them managed to live to a fairly ripe old age... just like I plan to.